CALGARY, ALBERTA – Rookie Sam Bennett had a first-period hat trick and four goals total, Jonas Hiller made 15 saves and the Calgary Flames beat the Panthers 6-0 on Wednesday night to give Florida its first regulation loss in 14 games.
Bennett is the first Flames player to score four goals in a game since Jarome Iginla on Feb. 23, 2003, according to the NHL. At 19 years and six months, he’s the youngest Flame to get a hat trick.
Johnny Gaudreau and Mason Raymond also scored.
Florida had been the NHL’s hottest team, going 12-0-1 since losing in regulation to Boston on Dec. 12. Playing their fifth game in nine days, the Panthers ran out of gas and were outshot 36-15.
This was Hiller’s first appearance since Dec. 12. He entered the night with an ugly .862 save percentage.
Blue Jackets 3, Maple Leafs 1
In Toronto, rookie Joonas Korpisalo made 41 saves and last-place Columbus snapped a four-game skid with a win over the Maple Leafs.
Flyers 3, Bruins 2
In Philadelphia, Mark Streit and Wayne Simmonds scored third-period goals to lead the Flyers to a comeback victory over Boston for their fourth straight victory.
Ducks 4, Senators 1
In Anaheim, Shea Theodore put the Ducks ahead late in the third period with his first NHL goal in a win over Ottawa.